Roland name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Roland mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Roland

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from Romania and Cameroon agree the name Roland is of French / German origin and means "famous land".
  2. According to a user from New Jersey, U.S., the name Roland means "Rule over land. Have an important role over the land".
  3. A submission from Australia says the name Roland means "King of the land".
  4. According to a user from Canada, the name Roland is of Canadian origin and means "FAME OF THE LAND".
names by meaning.

Submit the origin and/or meaning of Roland to us below

International Interest
Also see international interest

From Old French, from Proto-Germanic *Hrōþilandaz (literally “fame-land”). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.

Roland was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Cebuano, Czech, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Roland

Notable Persons Named Roland

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He has been prominent since 1979. Roland was born on November 10th, 1955 in Stuttgart.

Roland Gérard Barthes

Roland Gérard Barthes was a philosopher. Roland was born on November 12th, 1915 in Cherbourg-Octeville. He died on March 26th, 1980.

Roland Orzabal

Roland Orzabal is a new wave music, post-punk, pop rock, mod revival, synthpop, and alternative rock musician. He was most active from 1978 to present. Roland was given the name Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana on August 22nd, 1961 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom.

Troy Ave

Troy Ave is a hip hop music rapping. He has been prominent since 2004. Troy was given the name Roland Collins on November 23rd, 1985.

Roland Deschain

Roland Deschain is a fictional character.

Roland Ratzenberger

Roland Ratzenberger is a formula one racer.

  • Roland Freisler
  • Roland Gift
  • Lobo
  • Roland W. Burris
    Illinois Attorney General
  • Roland Joffé
    Film Director
  • David Smith
  • Roland Robert Stanford Tuck
    Military Person
  • Roland Young
  • Bunny Berigan
  • Roland Bergkamp
    Soccer Player
  • Roland Grapow
  • Roland Hayes
  • Fakir Musafar
  • Roland Alberg
    Soccer Player

Notable Persons With the Last Name Roland

Notable Persons With the Last Name Roland

Gilbert Roland

Gilbert Roland was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1923 to present. Gilbert was given the name Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso on December 11th, 1905 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He died on May 15th, 1994.

Marie-Jeanne Phlippon Roland

Marie-Jeanne was given the name Marie-Jeanne Phlippon on March 17th, 1754. Marie-Jeanne is also known as Madame Roland. She passed away on November 8th, 1793.

Ed Roland

Ed Roland is an alternative rock, hard rock, and post-grunge musician. He has been prominent since 1980. Ed was given the name Edgar Eugene Roland Jr. on August 3rd, 1963 in Stockbridge, Georgia, US.

Duane Roland

Duane Roland was a southern rock and hard rock musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1974 to 2006. Duane was born on December 3rd, 1952 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He left this life on June 19th, 2006.

Dean Roland

Dean Roland is an alternative rock, hard rock, and post-grunge musician and songwriter. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Dean was born on October 10th, 1972.

de la Platière Jean-Marie Roland

de la Platière Jean-Marie Roland was an economist. He holds the title Minister of the Interior and Minister of Justice. de was born on February 18th, 1734 in Thizy, France. He died on November 15th, 1793.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Roland U.S.
  White 70.95% 64.26%
  African American 22.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Roland

People with the last name Roland are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Roland

  • What name lists does Roland rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Roland? Roland is the 660th most popular name of all time. As a last name Roland was the 1,860th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Roland have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 98,530 babies born with the first name Roland in the United States. That's more than enough people named Roland to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Roland? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 36 new born babies.
  • When was Roland first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Roland is Friday, February 10th, 1832.
  • What year had the most people named Roland born? The highest recorded use of the first name Roland was in 1924 with a total of 1,822 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roland!
  • Random Roland Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roland ranks 72nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 13 babies in Hawaii have the same name in 1939.
  • Weird things about the name Roland: The name spelled backwards is Dnalor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nlador. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Roland? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,311 people with the last name Roland.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Roland? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Roland as their last name.
  • Roland name meaning

    Related Names by Origin

    Rank Name Gender
    378 Mckinleigh Girl
    140k Xavier Boy
    877k Sandra Girl
    2k Neymar Boy
    33k Lyla Girl
    358k Ruby Girl
    260 Naviah Girl
    108k Jocelyn Girl
    217 Neythan Boy
    156 Pegi Girl

    Related Names by Gender

    Rank Name Origin
    4.4m Michael Hebrew
    615 Ermias Eritrea
    686 Kyro Hebrew
    434 Jasai Hebrew
    699 Ramir Filipino (Philippines)
    5k Zayn Arabic
    140k Xavier English
    207 Naod Eritrea
    170 Zameer Islamic/Muslim
    234k Liam Irish